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article imageSolar road idea sets online support record

By William Suphan     May 30, 2014 in Technology
A project to create roads that generate solar power, among other things, received the highest number of supporters that Indiegogo has seen.
Imagine a road that generates solar power. Imagine that it could also provide light to replace streetlamps, provided heat to melt snow and ice, could charge electric cars as they drive, and could help manage stormwater. It sounds like something out of science fiction, however, Scott and Julie Brusaw have made it a reality, according to CNet.
Using crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise money for the project, they have already have over 36,000 supporters, seven of whom donated at least $10,000. As of this publication, the project has surpassed its $1 million goal and earned $1,654,313.
It is claimed that these roads could help cut greenhouse emissions by 75 percent and would produce more energy than we currently use.
Once the fundraising campaign is complete, the Brusaws plan to seek help from the government to see if this invention can be put to use. The next step will be to create a parking lot prototype.
It's likely that various industries who might see a loss in profit will seek to lobby against such a project, and this could be an opportunity for a turning point in our history where America could choose to put the good of all ahead of the profits of a few.
The campaign for this technology has gone viral on the Internet and is generating a mass showing of public support, including accolades from companies such as Google, TIME, CNN, and Fortune Magazine.
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